Kegconnection Complete Starter Kit and More Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > question on whole hops in the fermenter

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 06-12-2009, 05:11 PM   #1
EdWort
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
EdWort's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Bee Cave, Texas
Posts: 11,968
Liked 254 Times on 136 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default question on whole hops in the fermenter

Do they settle out or do they float?

I have 5 gallons of an Amarillo Rye I brewed with a friend. He got the first 5 gallons before the valve clogged. I got my via an autosiphon and a sanitized measuring cup scooping out 12 ounces at a time.

Needless to say, I have a bit of whole hops in my bucket fermenter and I'm concerned they will clog the spigot. I will rack this puppy to a 5 gallon better bottle, but I wonder if the whole hops will clog my autosiphon again.

Just check to see if anyone experienced this.

__________________
EdWort is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-12-2009, 05:16 PM   #2
flyangler18
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Hanover, PA
Posts: 5,679
Liked 25 Times on 25 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

In my experience, some will settle and some will continue to float. My normal course of action is to wrap the autosiphon with a strainer bag and rack from the middle of the carboy. Keeps those pesky hops from clogging up the flow.

__________________
flyangler18 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-12-2009, 07:48 PM   #3
david_42
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
david_42's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Willamina & Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,651
Liked 133 Times on 126 Posts

Default

Main reason I don't dry hop in the fermenter is the spigot clogging. If I do, I always use a bag. Mostly I dry hop in the keg and use a bag there as well.

__________________

Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk

david_42 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-12-2009, 07:48 PM   #4
ifishsum
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Portland OR
Posts: 1,457
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts

Default

They've always pretty much stayed floating for me, but I've never left them longer than 10 days. So far they haven't clogged the autosiphon, I sometimes get a few bits when racking but generally they're too big to come through.

__________________
"If you're gonna be an ape, be a hairy one" - Spyder

Primary 2: Edwort's Robust Porter
Secondary 1: LW Pale Ale
Secondary 1: Blackened Soul RIS
Kegged: Dead Guy Ale
Kegged: Rye Pale Ale
Kegged: Haus Pale Ale
Kegged: Nut Brown Ale
Kegged: Afrikan Amber
Kegged: Jock Scott Ale
Kegged: Afrikan Amber
ifishsum is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-12-2009, 08:42 PM   #5
beerkrump
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Triune, TN
Posts: 2,124
Liked 13 Times on 13 Posts

Default

Hop bags. Hop bags. Hop bags. A racking cane's best friend.

__________________
beerkrump is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-16-2009, 05:41 PM   #6
EdWort
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
EdWort's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Bee Cave, Texas
Posts: 11,968
Liked 254 Times on 136 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

Thanks for the feedback. I remember someone mentioning they used a sink screen to help keep the paint strainer away from the siphon input so I am putting that to good use today.

Here's what I have from Lowe's: Sink strainer @$2.67 and 1 gallon paint strainer @$0.98 plus a couple rubber bands.





Just put the tip of the auto siphon in the indented sink strainer and put the paint strainer over it and secure with a rubber band. This will go in my bucket of starsan and I will spray the upper end with starsan. It looks pretty stable and I believe it will keep the hops out of my secondary. Whoo Hoo!

__________________
EdWort is offline
redketchup Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-18-2009, 06:59 PM   #7
EdWort
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
EdWort's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Bee Cave, Texas
Posts: 11,968
Liked 254 Times on 136 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

That puppy worked like a charm!

__________________
EdWort is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-18-2009, 07:06 PM   #8
AZ_IPA
PKU
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
AZ_IPA's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: The Cold Part of AZ
Posts: 41,924
Liked 6024 Times on 5276 Posts
Likes Given: 685

Default

Ed - I've used cheese cloth and a rubberband with good success as well.

__________________
AZ_IPA is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-18-2009, 07:18 PM   #9
Schnitzengiggle
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 2,664
Liked 29 Times on 22 Posts
Likes Given: 16

Default

That is clever.

__________________
follow me @ Broken Glass Brewery

Okham's Razor - simplest explanation is usually the correct one.

My DIY Kegerator - My DIY Fermentation Chamber - My DIY Portable Pump Box
Schnitzengiggle is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-19-2009, 12:14 AM   #10
EdWort
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
EdWort's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Bee Cave, Texas
Posts: 11,968
Liked 254 Times on 136 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Schnitzengiggle View Post
That is clever.
Thanks. It's not my idea, but I remember reading it somewhere here on HBT.

Gotta love HBT!
__________________
EdWort is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hops in fermenter? eightbt Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 21 07-25-2009 05:19 AM
Hops in fermenter jakee117 All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 2 11-04-2007 12:54 PM
Hops in fermenter? nicholschris Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 09-24-2007 04:18 PM
Hops in fermenter??? Brewbacca Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 05-08-2006 09:15 AM